I have struggled with this decision since Karis was about 2. I see both sides. I see how homeschool is beneficial, and I see how a (good) public school is beneficial. Private school is not an option (financially), so it’s not something we’ve really talked about.
Robert and I haven’t ever really agreed about school, and I’ve had to learn to follow my husband’s lead and trust that God put him in that role for a reason.
This year, we started Karis at the charter school where I taught, but it wasn’t a good fit. We decided to withdraw her (when I resigned) and homeschool her for this year. Robert agreed and understood my desire to homeschool her this year.
I love it. She loves it. She already seems to be learning quite a bit.
We plan to place her on the waiting list at a local elementary for next year. It is a public school, but everyone that we know in the area (pretty much) have their kids there, or have had their kids there. We aren’t in their district, so she would have to transfer in.
Knowing that I love homeschooling Karis has made this difficult for me, but again, I must follow my husband’s lead. He is willing to continue praying, but he really is not okay with homeschooling and never has been. I do see his side, and I feel that it’s more important to follow his lead than to fight to homeschool.
So as of now, we are homeschooling and we both agree that it’s what we need to do. But as soon as we can, we will get her on the waiting list. If she doesn’t get in next year, we will homeschool until she does get in!
On the way to my parents’ house today, I prayed and thought a lot about all the discussion about school that Robert and I have had. I began to feel at peace about the whole public school thing. I trust God, and I trust my husband.
I know that God will be glorified and Karis will thrive if it’s His will. If/when Karis gets into Rosemont Primary, she will have many opportunities for enrichment, such as dance, art, music, etc. This will suit her very well. She is also a very social person and needs the interaction with other children (Ethan is also this way!).
Since I am staying home now, I will be able to be very involved with her school, and I think it will be a very positive opportunity. There are so many other reasons, but I don’t want to start a debate… Again, I see both sides!
Is there an area with your marriage or children that you’ve had to learn to submit to your husband’s lead, even if you didn’t want to? What was the outcome?
Does anyone else out there struggle with the decision to homeschool or put your children in public school? I know I can’t be the only one . Please share!